Carla D. Fuller, Esq.
Attorney at Law
P. O. Box 1664
Searcy, Arkansas 72145
Opinion # 2002-02
in your request for an Advisory Opinion dated January 15, 2002
that you were an announced candidate for Circuit Judge. You
stated that "Pursuant to Act 1789" of an undisclosed
year [which we interpret to be Arkansas Code Annotated 7-10-103(c)-Alternative
Ballot Access] you would achieve having your name placed on
the ballot by petition of registered voters. You asked, "whether
it would violate Canon 5 of the Arkansas Code of Judicial Conduct
for me to personally solicit signatures for this petition."
states: "(2) A candidate shall not personally solicit or
accept campaign contributions or personally solicit publicly
stated support. Your asking persons on an individual basis and
not as a group such as an social gathering, assembly, club or
any other organization, whether organized formally or otherwise,
to sign your petition does not constitute soliciting publicly
stated support. The key is approaching people on an individual
basis to ask them to sign the petition.
Reference to our Advisory Opinion No. 95-04
might be helpful to you.
For the Committee